Therapists at Vital Living WellSpa

Amy Jo

Amy Jo

  •  Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
  •   Licensed Massage Therapist in Texas (LMT)
  •   PLA#: MT21505658
  •   Member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  •   Customized Therapeutics: Therapeutic Massage, Integrated Deep Tissue Therapy for Pain Relief, Myofascial Release (Structural Integration and Barnes MFR), Thai-Shiatsu Bodywork, Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Sports Massage, Acupressure, Meridian Therapy and Reflexology

"It is necessary that one learn to release tension in order to improve the circulation of Ki (life energy) and obtain a balance in basic bodily processes. Balance in our physical body is contingent on a balance between the mind and the body. Suppleness of the body indicates a flexible posture physically and mentally." - Shizuto Masunaga


Amy Jo joined Vital Living in August, 2016. She lived in Austin, Texas for 12 years prior to moving back to Fort Wayne and in Bermuda and Hawaii before that. She joined the Navy at 18 and between Virginia Beach and Atlanta she served for 7 years.

Her interest in Massage Therapy began at The Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado in 2008 where she learned Myofascial Release and Structural Integration. She has since expanded her Myofascial Release (MFR) training with John F. Barnes, the renowned expert of MFR.  Amy Jo graduated from A New Beginning School of Massage in 2012 in Austin, Texas.  It was there that she discovered another love – Shiatsu (Japanese Bodywork) and Thai Massage (Thailand Bodywork) which together incorporate a traditional combination of acupressure, energy meridian work and yoga-like stretching for an invigorating albeit relaxing and balancing experience. (Thai-Shiatsu is done on a mat on the floor with the client wearing loose comfortable clothing.)  Her Myofascial Release (MFR), Thai-Shiatsu Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy work wonders in helping relieve symptoms of neuropathy, PTSD, migraines, hip dysfunction, low back pain, etc… and are ideal for those wanting to relieve pain and reconnect their body and mind.

Amy Jo loves using her treatment skills with tri-athletes, runners, walkers, cyclists, and fitness enthusiasts. She finds her skill set especially beneficial for dancers, yogis and musicians, as well as, people in general who are looking for the medical benefits of Therapeutic Massage. 

Amy Jo has been entranced with dance from a young age and has had a special love affair with belly dancing for the past 17 years. She was the President of the Austin Bellydance Association for 3 years.  An event that is dear to her heart is the Camparet Bellydance Camp in Texas which she returns to yearly to work with 50 belly dancers.  Amy Jo also enjoys yoga, photography, bonsai, gardening and cooking. We can tell you she’s also an excellent writer.

Lana

Lana

  Registered Nurse (RN)
  Energy Therapist - Reiki Master Teacher (RMT);  Healing Touch (Levels I & II); Heart-Centered Therapy (HCT); Prana Healing (Level I)
  Licensed Massage Therapist
  Board Certified Massage Therapist (MBLEx)
  Member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  Participant in the VL Mentorship Program for Advanced Techniques
  PLA #: 28133278A
  National Provider Identifier (NPI) #: MT22107377
  Customized Therapeutics: Therapeutic Massage, Myofascial Release (MFR), CranioSacral Therapy (CST), Comprehensive Energy Healing Therapy (CEHT); Sports Injury & Remedial Massage, Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Hot Stone Massage,  Swedish Relaxation & Wellness Massage, Special Populations, including Prenatal Massage, Couples Massage, Chair Massage

 


“Kindness, compassion, honesty, and courage are the four pillars to healing ourselves.  We all need a gentle space held with compassion and acceptance to encourage our deepest healing.”  - Lana


With 20+ years as a Registered Nurse, Lana uses her multi-faceted experience and education synergistically to support her life’s calling:  to deliver compassionate care with a heart-centered approach encompassing body, mind, and spirit. Since 1994, Lana has pursued various energy therapeutics and has been a practicing Reiki Master (RMT), and a Practitioner of Healing Touch, Prana Healing, Aromatherapy, Upledger/Chikly Heart Centered Therapy (HCT), and has trained with John Barnes in Myofascial Release (MFR) and CranioSacral Therapy (CST), as well as Graston: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM).  In early 2021, she completed her Massage Therapy program with the Massage Therapy Institute of Fort Wayne. 

Lana pursued her education in Massage Therapy because she has always been drawn to helping others and fostering an environment where true healing can take place. Lana’s vast range of training and modalities make her an ideal therapist capable of assessing the human body utilizing a fusion of both medical knowledge and energetic expertise. The result is a treatment plan tailored exclusively to the needs of her clients that encompasses not only physical healing but transcends muscle and fascia into deeper levels of transformation, both emotionally and spiritually. Experience with Lana the Joy and Healing that can be yours.

“When we give ourselves compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives." - Kristen Neff


Inspired by her love of learning and helping others, Lana is interested in expanding her knowledge of Barnes' Myofascial Release, CranioSacral Therapy, Reflexology, Cupping Therapy, & Manual Lymph Drainage.

Kori-elle

Kori-elle

  •   Lead Esthetician & Spa Experience Coordinator
  •   Licensed Esthetician (LE) & Member of ASCP since January 2021
  •   Licensing # ES22000514
  •   Certification in Skin Script Corrective Skin Care Product Line
  •   Customized Therapeutic & Corrective Skin Care:  including (NEW!) Body Select Facials, Men's Face & Beard Treatments, & Prenatal Belly Facials
  •   Customized Spa Treatments & Services:  including Hot Stone Massage, Luminosity Body Polish, Relaxation & Wellness Massage, and Spa Day Experience Packages

"Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on Earth to offer others.” ~ Parker Palmer


Kori-elle entered the field of skin care and esthetics with a passion for helping others to see the natural beauty within themselves. She is devoted to providing each client with personalized services and care. She also places a focus on helping each person to learn how to care for their skin at home and providing empowerment. A natural caregiver, Kori-elle is driven to help others experience self-care as a crucial part of a happy, healthy life.

Leaving the corporate world behind, Kori-elle chose to follow her dream of helping others find peace and confidence within themselves. Having graduated from Rudae’s School of Beauty Culture, Kori-elle specializes in personalized facial treatments, microcurrent, machine facials, acne treatments, and rejuvenation services. She is currently certified in the Skin Script product line, Milady Infection Control, and Barbacide sanitation practices. Continued education and further certifications are an important part of her career. Her future plans include obtaining certification in light therapy, Dermaplaning, HydraFacials, micro-needling, and sugar waxing.

Chelsey

Chelsey

  •   Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
  •    Barnes' Trained in Myofascial Release (MFR) including Fascial Pelvis and Craniosacral Therapy
  •   Certification in Cupping Therapy
  •   Certified Crystal Healing Therapist (CCH)  
  •    Reiki - coming soon
  •   Member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
  •   PLA#: MT21806433
  •   National Provider Identifier (NPI) #: 1093364960
  •   Customized Therapeutics: MFR and Bioenergetic Healing-based:  Physical and Emotional Trauma Release; MFR to Enhance Womens' Fertility and Other Reproductive Health; Post-op Rehabilitation to Facilitate Healing, as well as to, Release Adhesions and Scar Tissue, and Physical and Emotional Holding Patterns; Crystal Healing - Physical and Energetic; Comprehensive Energy Therapy Healing (CEHT); Prenatal and Postnatal Therapy (Therapeutic only - goes along with Womens' Health); Integrated Deep Tissue for Pain Management
  • Utilizing: Myofascial Release (MFR), Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Cupping Therapy, Therapeutic Massage, Crystal Healing, Hot Stones, Reflexology, Aromatherapy and soon - Reiki

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves," - Buddha


Chelsey, an Ivy Tech graduate, holds an AAS in Therapeutic Massage, a Certification in Cupping Therapy, and is a Certified Crystal Healer through an accredited program with the Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy. Chelsey's love is to use the fusion of both Eastern and Western techniques to treat those experiencing pain & dysfunction with a holistic, well-rounded approach to heal physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Trained in a variety of healing modalities, Chelsey is able to work with clients experiencing a wide range of acute and chronic issues.  Chelsey helps her clients reach and even exceed their goals due to her particular skill set.  Her skills and knowledge of muscle imbalances and biomechanical assessment enable her to more effectively assess, treat and educate her clients.  Along with Chelsey's observation and treatment skills, her acute tactile and intuitive sensitivity are gifts that assist her clients to achieve healing on a deeper level, if desired. 

Chelsey is a member of the Americal Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

Cindy

Cindy

  •   Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
  •   Advanced Certification in Medical Massage Therapy
  •   Member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
  •   PLA#: MT20902380
  •   National Provider Identifier (NPI) #: 1770952053
  •   Customized Therapeutics: Therapeutic Massage, Orthopedic and Medical Massage Therapy, Cupping Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Geriatric Massage, Couples Massage, Swedish Relaxation/Wellness Massage, Reflexology, Raindrop Therapy, Aromatherapy and Chair Massage

Cindy’s greatest passion in life is helping other people and massage therapy has been a naturally unfolding part of her life, starting as a child. Cindy graduated from Ivy Tech with her AAS degree in Therapeutic Massage in 2007 and prior to that received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration with a Specialty in Business Management in 1995. Cindy completed an intensive year-long Medical Massage program and has her Advanced Certification in Medical Massage Therapy.

Cindy loves the holistic approach to health that massage therapy and bodywork provide. Utilizing many different massage modalities, the majority of her experience has been in the field of health & fitness. Her practice has included adolescents to geriatrics and has spanned prenatal massage to sports massage on giants… well, not really but the Fort Wayne Mad Ants are pretty tall!

Cindy’s quality of touch melts stress and anxiety. Her quality of touch, her evaluation and assessment skills combined with her “internal radar” and medical massage are some of her greatest strengths. She excels at detailed muscle work and getting to the core of the problem. What we hear most from her clients is, “No one has ever done that before! Oh my gosh, I can’t believe the difference!” Clients love her work and often schedule all of their appointments three to six months out. Cindy still has openings though so don’t hesitate to call.

Cindy is very dedicated to her family (her husband and three daughters) as well as helping others. Cindy says, “God has given me the skills and talents I have so that I may use them to help others – I need to use these gifts well.”

Lauren

Lauren

  •   Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
  •   Certified Yoga Instructor (CYI)
  •   BS in Exercise Physiology and Psychology
  •   Member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  •   PLA#: MT21304814
  •   National Provider Identifier (NPI) #:1083081400
  •   Customized Therapy: Full Body Therapeutic Massage and Relaxation, Myofascial Massage, Integrated Deep Tissue Therapy, Couples Massage 

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia.


It’s a fact that touch is a basic human need and the profound effect that touch can have is evident in Lauren’s work. Caring touch by its nature is relaxing, nurturing and healing. Lauren believes that Therapeutic Massage balances and rejuvenates from the inside out….as well as from the outside in!

Lauren has been working with Vital Living WellSpa since December 2011. She graduated from Ivy Tech with her AAS in Therapeutic Massage in 2012 and that was her third degree. She has a BS in Exercise Physiology and a BS in Psychology from Ball State University. In addition, Lauren is a Certified Yoga Instructor, practicing yoga since 1998 and in the Fort Wayne area since 2010.

Beautiful Yoga Pigeon Pose

Her yoga teaching style focuses on body mechanics, ease of movement and a relaxed sense of awareness – being more in touch with your body. She synthesizes her experience in yoga, exercise physiology and assessment skills in massage therapy to identify participants’ tight and restricted areas and through yoga assists them in correcting those postures. However, many times the soft tissue restrictions are such that bodywork (massage) is needed, after which yoga helps the individual maintain their alignment and flexibility. At Vital Living, Lauren puts the puzzle pieces together and uses Therapeutic Massage and Myofascial Massage to relieve pain and improve function. She does all of that and makes her client feel wonderful at the same time!

Through her love and knowledge of yoga, fitness and wellness, Lauren’s practice of massage endeavors to assist each client in finding that unique balance of body and spirit. She recommends appropriate self-care treatments and stretches along with stress relieving exercises that are mentally and emotionally calming to reduce inflammatory stress hormones that contribute to pain. The result is improved physical as well as relational aspects of life.

“I look forward to making a positive difference in your life today! Namaste.” – Lauren

Stephanie

Stephanie

  •   Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
  •   Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB)
  •   Advanced Certification in Medical Massage Therapy (MMT)
  •   Myofascial Therapist (MFR I & II, Fascial-Pelvis, Unwinding)
  •   Certified in Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and Fascial Movement Taping
  •   Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (CPT)
  •   Usui Reiki Master Teacher (13th generation)
  •   Certified DNA-Based Fitness Coach  - Coming Soon! - (November 2021)
  •   Certified Nutritionist - Coming Soon! (December 2021)
  •   Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P) - (Anticipated August 2022)
  •   PLA#: MT21204286
  •   National Provider Identifier (NPI) #: 1851775209
  •   Customized Therapeutics: Integrated Deep Tissue for Pain Management, Orthopedic & Medical Massage, Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Cupping Therapy, Myofascial Release (MFR), Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Prenatal Medical Massage, Post-Op Rehabilitation, Fascial Movement Taping for Pain and Posture, and Reiki
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  • PLEASE NOTE: At this time, Stephanie is not taking any new long-term clients. However, she is currently offering Clothed 30-Minute Medical Massages to help assist as many clients as possible with specific issues.  If you are interested in a Clothed 30-Minute Medical Massage, please call our office at (260) 436-8807.  Gym-appropriate clothes with a high cotton content are recommended.

Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi.


That’s what Stephanie aspires to… to be aware of how her thoughts, emotions, and actions influence herself and the world around her; to strive every day to make a difference in the lives of others. Her enthusiasm is contagious and you’ll find her to be a wealth of information.

Stephanie’s Family

Stephanie graduated from Ivy Tech with an AAS in Therapeutic Massage and is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She also completed an intensive year-long Medical Massage program and has her Advanced Certification in Medical Massage Therapy.  Stephanie’s love is to use her talents in treating clients who are having pain or dysfunction rather than doing relaxation massage.

Trained in many healing modalities, Stephanie is able to work with clients experiencing a wide range of issues. Her background as a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, certified through the National Federation for Professional Trainers (NFPT), has been a valuable asset in treating her massage clients and also in working with fitness and healthcare professionals of Northeast Indiana. Her skills and knowledge of muscle imbalances and biomechanical assessment enable her to more effectively assess, treat and educate her clients. Some of her continuing education has been in Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial Release for treatment of head and neck, Cupping Therapy and Fascial Movement Taping for Pain and Posture. Besides those mentioned, Stephanie’s therapeutic specialties include Integrated Deep Tissue for Pain Management, Orthopedic and Medical Massage Therapy and Neuromuscular Therapy.

Stephanie is currently in the process of becoming a Certified DNA-Based Fitness Coach, as well as a Certified Nutritionist.  Next year, she will be pursuing a certification as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P) so she can help clients understand healing opportunities they have and support positive change in combination with massage & bodywork.

Gayle

Gayle

  •   Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
  •   PLA#: MT20900146
  •   Member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  •   Therapeutic Massage: Geriatric Massage, Oncology and Hospice Massage, Wellness & Deep Relaxation Massage, Prenatal Massage, Hot Stone Massage and Couples Massage

“I’ve experienced the transformative benefits of massage physically, emotionally and mentally with my clients of all ages and believe massage is an essential component in any quality health program as well as end of life care. It doesn’t hurt that it happens to be all natural and feels wonderful!” - Gayle Zuber


Gayle has been in practice at Vital Living since graduating from Center for Vital Living in 2001. Her welcoming smile, reassuring manner and nurturing touch create an immediate rapport with her clients. That and her expertise in Oncology and Hospice Massage make her a perfect match for individuals of all ages who have cancer or any other debilitating disease who need physical or emotional support or pain management. Stressed family members also find massage extremely beneficial.

Gayle was our community Hospice Massage Therapist for 8 years and retired from that in May, 2019.  She is available part-time through the week and on Saturdays by calling Vital Living WellSpa rather than booking online. She creates a healing sanctuary that invites you to let go and relax deeply.

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